Now that a federal judge in Phoenix, Arizona has found former Maricopa
County Sheriff, Joe Arpaio, guilty of criminal contempt of court, the
big question everyone is asking is will the 85-year-old former “Toughest
Sheriff in America” even see a jail cell.
The short answer is ‘no.’
WHAT IS CRIMINAL CONTEMPT?
Before we get to that, let’s talk about the charge for which Arpaio
Criminal contempt of court requires a few things to be proven by prosecutors:
- A valid court order existed
- The defendant knew of the order
willfully violated it
In this case, a federal judge ordered that Arpaio and the Maricopa County
Sheriff’s Office stop stopping motorists solely because of racial
profiling and that he could not detain people without probable cause to
believe that a crime was committed.
WHAT WAS THE EVIDENCE THAT CONVICTED ARPAIO?
Arpaio has always run his mouth to the media. His statements in interviews
made clear that he was not going to change anything he was doing and,
in so many words, that he was above the law. In handing down her written
decision, Judge Susan Bolton crammed Arpaio’s words down his throat
in support of the conviction.
Arpaio also tried to blame his subordinates and his lawyers for not communicating
the order to him. This didn’t fly either as Judge Bolton characterized
Arpaio’s disregard of the order as “flagrant” and “willful.”
Why Arpaio won’t go to jail:
- He was convicted of a misdemeanor
- He was no prior criminal record
- He’s 85 years old
- He’s 85 years old
- He’s 85 years old (in case you missed it the first two times)
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Don’t make the mistakes that Arpaio made.